Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain after Madrid with a population of 1,700, 000 intra-muros when five million people live in the whole Barcelona metropolitan area. Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea and the fourth economically powerful city by GDP in the European Union. Widely spoken Catalan and Spanish are both the official languages.

Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
Barcelona is marked by the print of Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the genius architect. The last years of his life were totally devoted to the Basilica. His style is variously likened to Spanish Late Gothic, Catalan Modernism and to Art Nouveau. Absolutly unique this church is certainly the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages…

Sagrada Familia

Park Güell
Park Güell was designed and built by Antoni Gaudí in the years 1900 to 1914. Originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, it is today a municipal garden. Walk thru this modernist park to discover the multicolored mosaic salamande, the unique shape of the serpentine bench and a terraced area where you get a wonderful view of Barcelona. Park Güell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Casa Milà
Located at Passeig de Gràcia, 92, Casa Milà is also known ironically as La Pedrera: the "quarry". Built from 1906 to 1912 by Antoni Gaudí this building was indeed criticized in its time for all its excesses considered today as architectural and artistic progresses. Opened to the public one visits it for its famous roof terrace. Casa Milà is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Casa Batlló
Not far from Casa Milà, the Casa Batlló (Passeig de Gràcia, 43) is another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí. Built from 1905 to 1907 for the Batlló’s family, this Catalan Modernist building is entirely made of curves, irregular oval windows, flowing sculpted stone work decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís). The roof is said to be inspired by Saint George Killing the Dragon (Saint George is the patron saint of Catalonia). You can visit it.

Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is the most animated artery of the city. It was the place where people from Barcelona used to meet. In the 19C this was the only place in Barcelona where flowers were sold. The flower market now stands alongside great kiosks selling books, magazines and newspaper from Spain and abroad. Stoll under the threes, admire the street artists, look at the alive statues…

Barrio Gotico
In the Barrio Gotico you will travel into time. This is one of the oldest area of the city. Walk around the little streets around the Cathedral. Discover the antique dealers, or the feathers and umbrellas' merchants in the street Banys. Points of interest are the Cathedral of Santa Creu, Placa Sant Jaume, Placa del Rei, Placa Nova, Placa del Pi and the Barcelona City Museum.

Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, co-patron of Barcelona, a young virgin who suffered martyrdom during Roman times. According to Catholic tradition it is said that she was exposed naked in the public square and a miraculous snowfall in mid-spring covered her nudity. Furious, the Romans put her into a barrel with knives stuck into it and rolled it down a street. The cathedral has a secluded Gothic cloister where 13 white geese are kept, the number explained by the assertion that Eulalia was 13 when she was martyred.

The Joan Miró Foundation
The Joan Miró Foundation opened to the public on June 1975. The building in the Montjuïc parc was designed by Josep Lluís Sert, architect and close friend of Joan Miró. In accordance with the wishes of the Maestro, this institution is also to promote and publicize the work of contemporary artists in all its aspects. Designed in accordance with the principles of Rationalist architecture, with different spaces set around a central patio in the traditional Mediterranean style. The major part of this collection was donated to the Foundation by Joan Miró himself. The collection currently comprises over 14,000 pieces from paintings, to sculptures, textiles, ceramics and some 8,000 drawings.

The Picasso Museum of Barcelona
The Picasso museum of Barcelona is devoted to the most important Spanish artist, in the city where Pablo Picasso spent the first period of its life of young adult. 4000 of its works cover the period of 1890 to 1967 but the majority of the museum presents the first work of the artist like his childhood. At the 14 years age, Picasso moved with its family from Malaga to Barcelona. This city being also the place of its first exposure dating from February 1, 1900 to the cabaret Els Four Gats, it is logical that it accommodates a so broad collection of its first work. Moreover, these works being time when Picasso lived in Barcelona, the collection reflects the relation which it maintained with the city.

* The information on this page is duplicated from http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona


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